Understanding the 5 & 8 Amendment

Understanding the Amendments

It's almost impossible to imagine the United States Constitution without having a Bill of Rights, but when it was first being drafted, a majority of the Founding Fathers didn't think it was necessary. However, there were a few men who believed it was so significant that they refused to sign the Constitution because it didn't have one. When State ratification messages started arriving with their own commentary and suggestions for individual rights, Congress began to consider the idea of a "Bill of Rights." These final ten became the first ten Amendments to the United States (U.S.) Constitution.

5th & 8th Amendment

"No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." {5th Amendment}

"Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." {8th Amendment}

Understanding Them

The amendments are stated clear in the constitution but still some people don't understand them. Here are the 5th and the 8th amendments in simple terms.

5th Amendment- Protects you from being held for committing a crime unless you have been indicted correctly by the police.

8th Amendment- Punishments must be fair, cannot be cruel, and that fines that are extraordinarily large cannot be set.

Event Revolving on 5th Amendment

Tuesday, Nov. 5th 2013 at 12am

California, United States


Event Revolving on 8th Amendment

Friday, Jan. 17th 2014 at 12am

Ohio, United States